Class helps job seekers update skills

Apr. 01, 2014 @ 10:34 AM

WARRENTON — Job seekers can get help next week in a workshop at Warren County Memorial Library.

From 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, information and training will be offered to prepare potential workers to enter or re-enter the job market.

LeCarla McNair, case manager for General Management Solutions Inc., said the workshop can help individuals develop a resume and feel more comfortable networking.

“We’ll help them build goals, improve their interview skills, do a self assessment and market themselves,” she said.

The workshop will be facilitated by Jane Ball-Groom, founder and director of Pier View Community Innovations, a non-profit organization located in Manson.

“We want to help individuals in Warren County find their way back into the work force,” Ball-Groom said. “We want them to understand the realities of the job market.”

Young people tend to go to the Internet to look for a job, she said. But that’s not the best way to do it. Jobs are found through face-to-face contact.

Ball-Groom said the workshop will also focus on empowering individuals.

“You need to become more positive about yourself,” she said.

She said the workshop will help job seekers look beyond low-paying, entry-level employment to sustainable work.

McNair emphasized the class can benefit individuals attempting to enter the job market for the first time, those who have work but are underemployed and those who are currently employed but want to improve their status.

Some employed individuals have training and skills that qualify for higher paying jobs, but they have not been successful in finding those jobs. The workshop can help them overcome obstacles that have prevented advancement; it can also help those who need to update their abilities with more training.

For some workers, knowing how to present themselves to potential employers can be a barrier. The class can help them prepare the ultimate resume, which describes their capabilities in a way that attracts employers’ attention.

McNair said the workshop can help individuals take a long-range view.

“It’s not just for finding a job at the moment,” she said. “We assist them in career advancement.”

To pre-register, call McNair at (252) 438-6310 or Jennifer Jones at (252) 257-3230. Limited registration will also be held on the first day of the workshop on Monday.

The workshop is sponsored by Kerr-Tar Regional Council of Governments’ Workforce Development unit and General Management Solutions Inc., a non-profit corporation based in Virginia Beach, Va.

Contact the writer at dirvine@hendersondispatch.com.